I have been blessed with the ability to help patients. I am thankful that one by one I can make a difference in their lives. However, more than the one by one approach, I am thankful for my ability to teach other surgeons how to think their way through difficult operations, create solutions, and help their patients achieve what they are looking to achieve. On this note, I am thankful to be a teacher of the art of plastic surgery and, specifically, primary and secondary rhinoplasty.
I am a faculty member at the University of Southern California and I have the plastic surgery residents rotate with me on a regular basis. Though I still do all of the operating, they do get to observe some of the most difficult problems in nasal surgery being solved. I also have visiting residents from around the world and visiting attending surgeons from around the world. There is nothing I like to do more than perform a great operation and have not only the patient benefit, but also other surgeons who will affect other patients with their increased knowledge.
Rather than spending my money on fancy banner ads on google and yahoo, I have chosen to spend my money flying to the far reaches of our planet to perform surgery at congresses and lecture to my international colleagues. However, I think my patients have benefitted the most by my exposure to so many different ideas.
There is more to come, so stay tuned...next trip - IMCAS - Shanghai!